shell command with VBA

I'm creating a new macro. So far, I have some code and it works. Then I have a shell command to run a macro in an Access database. Once the macro is completed, I want to run some more code to extract and format the results of the Access macro.

Everything is working upto the and including the Shell command. However, I can't get the code to execute after the shell command.

Can I use a shell command in the middle of vba code? This is the first time I have tried this.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help.....

-------------Problems Reply------------

Have a look at this side for the function ShellX:

The code is 90% identical to Ricks, in addition, it provides the exit code of the called program.


You can use the shell command. In order to get your VBA code to wait for the shell command to complete, try something like the suggestion offered in the link below.



Here is some material I have posted in the past regarding having VB code wait for a Shell command to finish...

See this link...

Note: The above method does not use Shell -- it uses CreateProcessA.

Paste these lines into a Standard Module:

Private Declare Function OpenProcess _
Lib "kernel32" _
(ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Long, _
ByVal bInheritHandle As Long, _
ByVal dwProcessId As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function CloseHandle _
Lib "kernel32" _
(ByVal hObject As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function WaitForSingleObject _
Lib "kernel32" _
(ByVal hHandle As Long, _
ByVal dwMilliseconds As Long) As Long

Call your Shell command with the appropriate Shell arguments placed in the parentheses:

PID = Shell( **Put Shell Arguments Here** )

And finally, paste the following IMMEDIATELY after the PID=Shell statement above (making sure to handle the possible error where indicated; i.e. stop the code from falling through to your other commands if the Shell failed):

If PID = 0 Then
'Handle Error, Shell Didn't Work
hProcess = OpenProcess(&H100000, True, PID)
WaitForSingleObject hProcess, -1
CloseHandle hProcess
End If

It occurs to me that it is probably unnecessary to use Shell. Why not set a reference to Access in Excel VBA and run the Access macro directly from Excel?

Have a look at this side for the function ShellX:

The code is 90% identical to Ricks, in addition, it provides the exit code of the called program.


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